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Gazette Premium Content Tin Can Tourists hold open house in Gainesville

Associated Press Updated: January 16, 2014 at 6:15 am

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — An assortment of vintage trailers and motor coaches will roll through Gainesville, offering a history lesson that will benefit the Alachua Conservation Trust.

The Tin Can Tourists will host an open house on Saturday at the Prairie Creek Lodge. The all make and model vintage trailer and motor club holds similar open houses across the country.

Club director Forrest Bone says the group has a long history with the city of Gainesville.

Tin can tourist camps started popping up around the area after World War I. In the 1920s, several tourist camps opened around the city. Mayor William Reuben Thomas even promoted tin can tourism.

Bone says the oldest trailer on display Saturday will be a 1948 Spartan Manor.

The open house is part of a three-day rally.

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